Accomplishments

  • Developed a vampire slayer agit-prop theater piece, which debuted in Spanish and English for a General Assembly at City College (December 2009).  This street theater was re-worked  and performed throughout the season of protest by a drama class of 40 students at San Francisco State University, taught by Professor Carlos Baron.    The street theater troupe created a crew of giant street puppets that became mascots for the movement.  The puppets included Starving Student; Vampire; La Llorena/Crying Mother and others.  The troupe traveled from protest to protest on 'the Mexican bus,' a well known cultural institution in the Latino/a community. On March 4 itself, the street theater troupe and their puppets traveled through the streets of San Francisco in an open air cable car, complete with a brass band and tuba.  The troupe chanted, sang, and urged passersby to attend the demonstration.    
  • Researched and distributed 22,000 copies of our signature vampire leaflet and 8000 palm cards, always dressed in vampire capes.
  • Produced and mass distributed three thousand copies of a vampire poster saying:  California, #1 in prison spending, #48 in education spending (a few of our main distribution venues include Teachers for Social Justice Conference October 2009 & 2011; San Francisco March 4, 2010; Sacramento, March in March 2010).    
  • Distributed hundreds of posters and postcards created by street artist AJ Transviña (Education is a human right; Education not incarceration.)
  • We leafletted and ran literature tables at many organizing meetings and all the major demonstrations over the past year.
  • Spoke at several demonstrations and organizing meetings (e.g., all-segments meeting at SFSU September 26, 2009; Northern California all-segments meeting at UC Berkeley October 24, 2009, 800 people; the Left Forum in New York).
  • Produced a website with resources for organizers, www.vampireslayers.org (note: enter this URL in the address bar at the top of your screen rather than using a web browser, or you will get lost in Buffyland). 
  • Published opinion editorials on Eduction, not Incarceration in the California Faculty Association statewide magazine, the California Federation of Teacher statewide magazine, and a local union newspaper, together with friends from CURB (Californians United for a Responsible Budget, www.curbprisonspending.org).
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  • Developed three workshops for use by teachers and community activists:  (1) Teachable Moment, a lesson plan for college and high school classes based on the vampire flyer ; (2) a popular education workshop:  Timeline on Public Education in California; and (3) a variant on the Ten Chairs of Wealth Inequality that vividly shows extreme wealth inequality and how the richer you are, the lower your tax rate.  We and friends led these workshops at a social work conference; a teach-in about the California budget crisis sponsored by the Center for Political Education and Californians United to Reform the Budget; the SFSU Experimental College; UC San Diego; the US Social Forum (June 2010) and other venues.  Find workshop outlines on the Vampire Slayer website. 
  • Sponsored an organizer's lunch with Chris Newfield, the author of Un-Making the Public University, Harvard University Press (San Francisco State, May, 2009).
  • Sponsored a well-attended film showing of Naomi Klein speaking about The Shock Doctrine, followed by a discussion (San Francisco State, Feb. 18, 2010)
  • Sponsored a well-attended event against the ending of remedial education in the Cal State University system. The event was keynoted by statewide organizer Steve Teixeira who framed the proposed cutback as a civil rights issue (San Francisco State, October 2010, SFSU).  Participated in organizing meetings and meetings with the SFSU administration on this issue.   
  • Co-sponsored an event attended by 450 people with speakers from Save Ethnic Studies in Tucson Arizona, opposing the outlawing of ethnic studies in that state.    March 1, 2011.
  • Co-sponsored an event to oppose the end of remediation in the CSU: Early Start or Last Stop/  The speaker was Kimberly Clark of CSU-LA.  The event was part of International Women's Month and took place on March 9, 2011.
  • Led Ten Chairs of Wealth Inequality at the campaign launch of Budget for Humanity sponsored by Californians United to Reform the Budget, March 29, 2011.
  • Sponsored Teach-in on the Budget Crisis, part of the Nation's national teach-in. April 5, 2011.
  • Sponsored speaker on the oil extraction tax at SF State, July 24, 2011.
  • Sponsored music benefit with songstress Kaylah Marin and her band, July 15, 2011.
  • Sponsored house meeting with statewide leader of the movement against Mandatory Early Start, Steve Teixeira, officer of APC,
  • Issued series of existing and updated posters and postcards and got out hundreds at Teachers for Social Justice Conference 10.9.11 (SF) and Critical Resistance Conference 10.9.11 (Oakland).  
  • Updated and Released the Vampire Slayer poster (now a fold over), Spring 2012.  Distributing widely.
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